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When it comes to what the best robot vacuum cleaner for the money is, you really need to either know someone who has tried every single robot vacuum in their own smart home or someone who knows a TON about the companies that make smart robot vacuums.
Lucky for you, I work in sales for a packaging company and I’ve been inside many of the manufacturing facilities of the companies as well as the contract manufacturers that some of them use. So I’ve had a significant chance to get an inside look at what goes on in the manufacturing process of many robot vacuums.
I also just so happen to own and operate a smart home blog that a lot of people read, so I’ve had the chance to try out many of these smart vacuums first hand. Trust me when I tell you that some are smarter than others.
What To Look For In A Smart Robot Vacuum
If you are reading this then that means that you obviously understand why you need a robot vacuum and you are simply just trying to figure out which one is best for your home.
Well, with that said, every single home is different and every homeowner has different reasons for considering the purchase of a robot vacuum. Heck, they come in every shape and size now. Some are better for pet hair, some are better for hardwood floors, some are easier to integrate into a smart home…..you get the idea.
So if you are looking to buy a smart robot vacuum, please take into consideration where you will be using it. Whether you have pets, carpets, hardwood floors, etc. and read the user reviews thoroughly on Amazon for each specific vacuum.
Personally, when I’m looking at reviews for any smart home product I don’t look at the one star reviews and I don’t look at the five-star reviews. I look at the 3 star reviews. You are bound to get the best and worst of the product right there in one quick summary.
But I’m going to tell you in this article about the three best brands on the market right now from my personal testing and hopefully guide you in the right direction for your purchase.
Smart Vacuum Cost
That’s the big question if you are even considering purchasing a smart vacuum….is it actually worth the money!? Well, I’m going to dive into that topic a bit more in this article and try to cover all the bases for you.
Here’s The Deal…
I’m starting off with the cost of these vacuums because since I originally purchased my Roomba Model 870 back in late 2015 for around $800; the market has exploded with much more reasonably priced smart vacuum’s.
Now you can buy a smart vacuum for as little as $100. Which is barely more than you would spend to purchase a new walk behind vacuum for your home. But is it worth the money?
I’m going to cover three different brands of smart vacuum’s and give you low down on price and what you get for your money.
Back around 2015 I kept hearing more and more about smart vacuums. Mostly I kept hearing about the robotic Roomba vacuum cleaner and how cats loved to ride on them. Youtube is awesome for that by the way.
I remember looking at the price and kept thinking there is no way I’ll ever be able to afford one of these even if I was absolutely sure I wanted to buy one in the first place.
I’ll admit that I wasn’t a big fan of spending nearly $800+ for a Roomba back when I first read about them. I just couldn’t even imagine that they would ever hold that much value! Especially when all of the vacuum’s I’ve ever owned in my life didn’t last more than a few years.
Sure, you can still spend $800 if you want to. But even IRobot’s Roomba has smart vacuum’s model’s now that fit more into the average home owner’s price range. Although, their new iRobot Roomba i7 model is bordering on an insane price range, and I still don’t feel that I can recommend it.
For example, the Roomba 690, costs about ONE QUARTER what you would pay for their top-end model the Roomba I7. You can check out the current price for the iRobot Roomba 690 over here on Amazon if you are interested.
I still have the same Roomba that I purchased in 2015 and it still runs every night on its automated schedule. I don’t sweep my floors anymore. In fact, the only broom I’ve had to actually pick up and use is in my workshop.
But that’s not where the story ends…
There are so many other options out there now! From the ILife A4 Smart Vacuum to the Eufy Robovac. There are literally dozens of different companies making them now. So let’s take a look at some of the options and where they come in on the price range scale.
Ecovacs Deebot N79S
I understand that the Roomba might be a little pricey for some people and not having owned a smart vacuum before it might be a little daunting. So maybe you’ll want to look at something more in the beginner range.
If that’s the case then I would suggest starting with the Deebot N79S. You can find them over here on Amazon to check the current price. But I would say that you won’t find a smart vacuum out there for less that will get the job done.
But there’s a catch… this being on the cheaper end still has a few kinks.
I didn’t find this problem personally, but I’ve read that some of the settings don’t work in certain houses. For example, the single room setting does not work in an open concept home where you don’t have the ability to close off other rooms. This is great for small spaces as it doesn’t like to go into and out of rooms very easily.
It also doesn’t like to go back to the charging station in an efficient manner from my own personal experience. It will wander around the room even after hitting the home button. So, I would recommend this if you are on a budget, live in a smaller space, and just need something to do the housework for you while you watch.
It does offer smart features such as connecting with both Alexa and Google Home for voice control though, which is nice. It also comes with an Ecovacs app to help you with scheduling if you don’t care about the voice control options.
Luckily for us, there is a middle of the road smart vacuum cleaner that is really the best of both worlds. If you are looking to keep your budget to $200 or less and have all of the features of the Roomba. Then you may want to consider the Ilife A4s smart vacuum.
Yes, these do have their own charging station and do very well over carpets as well as hardwood floors. It has dual brushes and has great reviews overall.
Personally, I think that when my Roomba finally dies this might be in consideration for a robot vacuum replacement for its price range. You can check all the reviews and pricing out over here on Amazon. If you want to see it in action just watch the video below.
Smart Vacuum Value
Yes, the Roomba is great. I can surely speak highly of it all day long. I mean, I literally don’t have a bad thing to say about it. The durability is incredible! I don’t think I’ve ever owned a vacuum that I ran daily that operated at this level. Sure you still have to clean out the dustbin a couple of times a week, but my floors have never been cleaner.
Frequently my friends ask me if I would spend that $800 again. I answer that with a resounding yes! From a convenience standpoint, it has made our lives so much easier.
I live in a 2400 square foot home. Do you know how long it would take to sweep and vacuum this entire house every day? Well, I’m not sure to be honest because that is just something I would never have done before.
To me the value is apparent and while it might not be obvious when you first start researching these vacuums I can guarantee you that it was absolutely worth the purchase.
There are quite a few different smart vacuums out on the market, but what about mopping? Well, I’ll do a separate article on that as there are a few companies making smart mops now as well and their value is equal to smart vacuums.
Robot vacuum’s are evolving quickly and slowly the world is changing with the technology. With competition, smart vacuums are coming down in price. I think you will see, as, with everything, they become a mainstay in most homes. However, that doesn’t mean that you should cheap out, at the end of the day you get what you pay for in my opinion.
I hope you have found this article helpful and that it helps you decide which smart vacuum is best for you and your family. Also, be sure to check out my recommended tools page for other things that I like and recommend to my community of readers.